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GORGEOUS 2 BEDROOM COUNTRY COTTAGE WITH LOVELY GARDEN VIEWS & GREAT LOCATION

Stanley Stewart

Speaks English, French, Italian
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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GORGEOUS 2 BEDROOM COUNTRY COTTAGE WITH LOVELY GARDEN VIEWS & GREAT LOCATION

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Shaftesbury - 12 Fifehead Magdalen

Beautiful, Cosy & Tastefuly Decorated With Perfect Location for Visiting Dorest

This beautiful terrace cottage is owned by a renowned travel writer & contains decorations from all over the world - as well as a myriad of books! There are 2 bedrooms, a cosy lounge with open fire and a large airy kitchen & dining area. French windows lead from the kitchen to the garden which is small, a little wild, but much loved -- there is plenty of room to have lunch outside but you might struggle to organize a five-a-side football tournament. There are beautiful views from the end of the garden southwards towards the Dorset Downs. As well as the kitchen and living room, the downstairs has a small book-lined library, a bedroom with two single beds and a guest loo. Upstairs is a large landing with a divan or day bed that could be used to accommodate a fifth person, or perhaps just for afternoon naps, a double bedroom and a large family bathroom with bath, sink, bidet and shower. The house stands on a quiet road on the edge of an even quieter village. There are plenty of walks from the front door. There is WiFi throughout the house, TV and DVD, a stereo system for CD's and all necessary equipment and facilities, including a gas hob, in a well-stocked kitchen. Weekly guests will find a welcome pack of essentials on arrival to get them started, including a bottle of wine, and the kitchen contains all the usual stuff like tea, coffee, salt, pepper, olive oil, etc etc that guests are welcome to use.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Stanley Stewart (Owner)
Advertiser since 2014
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About Stanley Stewart

I am travel writer and author. I was born in Ireland, grew up in Canada but have lived all my adult life in England. When I am not travelling, I currently divide my time between Rome and the UK.

As well as three travel books, I write regularly for most of the national newspapers in the UK including the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times as well as for National Geographic Traveler in the States. I am a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller UK.

Stanley Stewart purchased this house in 2002

Why Stanley Stewart chose Shaftesbury

When I moved out of London, after thirty years there, I fell for Dorset simply before it was so beautiful. I had travelled here before, and I found myself coming back again and again. It is one of the most rural counties in England, and the only one with no motorways. There are also no cities other than Bournemouth down on the coast. It is a landscape of green rolling hills and small quirky villages -- a storybook landscape -- and I love it. I find the beauty of the area inspires me every day, and my cottage is the perfect quiet hideaway from where I could work, and from where I can explore one of the loveliest parts of England.

What makes this house unique

This house is a real home. I live here on the rare occassions when I am in the UK. All the pesonal stuff of course may have been cleared away for rental but the house will have a homely cozy lived-in feeling rather than the rather spartan hollow atmosphere of some rental properties. I love it and I hope you will too. There is lots of wonderful walks from the front door, and our road is part of the National Cycle Way. There are at least a half dozen wonderful gastro pubs with seriously good food close to hand, and it is an area to explore -- with lots to see and do.

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

Gorgeous 2 Bedroom Country Cottage With Lovely Garden Views & Great Location
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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Gorgeous 2 Bedroom Country Cottage With Lovely Garden Views & Great Location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1458353
+44 -7720078248
Shaftesbury Shaftesbury and North Dorset
5

Close to perfection

  • 5 out of 5
For us this cottage was very close to the perfect holiday house. Everything one could possibly miss when being on holiday, was just there. Apart from the well-equipped kitchen we much enjoyed the rich cd- and book-collection. As it is the house of a traveller, traces from all over the world give every room a particular charm. Besides the cottage is located in the midst of a region with lots of things to discover.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous 2 Bedroom Country Cottage With Lovely Garden Views & Great Location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1458353
+44 -7720078248
Shaftesbury Shaftesbury and North Dorset
5

scenic with atmosphere

  • 5 out of 5
This property so deserves being part of the home away website, since this is actually what it was for us, a home away from home. Set in a quaint Dorset village, with a stunning view over the Blackmore Vale, this cottage is lovingly and tastefully decorated, dotted with reminders of the owner's travels. Even rainy Dorset days become a delight, thanks to the owner's extensive library. The only problem is to be spoilt for choice as to what book to pick. The cottage is fully equipped, and a warm welcome with a bouquet of flowers, homemade Dorset cottages, and coffee awaits you.
  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and London
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ship Inn
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Poole
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Gillingham, Dorset, a mainline to London Waterloo
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
A303
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ship Inn, The Udder Farm Shop Cafe
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Burton Bradstock
Car: necessary

Fifehead Magdalen is a quiet village in a wonderful position in North Dorset close to the Wiltshire and Somerset borders. It is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (see www.anob.org.uk) with great opportunities for walking, and is superb base for exploring the West Country. Fifehead is ten minutes from Shaftesbury and 15 from Sherborne, both charming Dorset towns with funky independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Longleat Safari Park, Salisbury, Bruton, Blandford Forum and the wonderful National Trust gardens at Stourhead are all close at hand while Stonehenge, Cerne Abbas, Bath, Bristol, Glastonbury, Wells, Purbeck, Lyme Regis, the New Forest, and Dorset's Jurassic Coast make easy day excursions. There are shops, gastro pubs, restaurants, and more National Trust properties in the area while Fifehead Wood, a conserved woodland, is right on the edge of the village. There is a wonderful farm shop nearby and plenty of local supermarkets. My own idea of a perfect day is a morning in Sherborne, checking out the glorious Abbey and the shops, then a walk on the ridges above Corton Denham, with stunning views towards Glastonbury Tor and Alfred's Tower, followed by lunch at the Queens Arms, a wonderful gastro pub, and then perhaps trip down to Golden Cap on the sea to hike along the Jurassic Coast with dinner in West Bay or Lyme Regis. Or even better in another great gastro pub like the Stapleton Arms in Buckhorn Weston (5 minutes away) or the Museum Tavern up in Farnham on Cranborne Chase. Or an evening in Bath (50 minutes away) to take in a play at the Theatre Royal.

Other Ideas:

New Forest Cycling: www.forestleisurecycling.co.uk Just an hour away is the New Forest which is great to explore on foot or by bike. There are maps in the house and you can rent bikes at the wonderfully helpful Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley where there are also loads of cafes, pubs & shops.

Flying Experiences at Compton Abbas Airfield www.comptonabbasairfield.co.uk From flying in vintage aircraft and driving classic cars to the airfield for champagne lunch... and flying lessons.

Dorset Art Weeks: www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk For two weeks every year (Typically end of May & beginning June) Artists all over Dorset open up their homes and studios to visitors to browse their work, learn about their techniques and inspiration and purchase direct from the artists themselves.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury and North Dorset

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Standard
1 Sep 2014 - 24 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
£280
for 3 nights
From
£80
£523
 
 
Peak
25 Oct 2014 - 2 Nov 2014
4 night minimum stay
£432
for 4 nights
From
£98
£700
 
 
Standard
3 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
From
£70
£523
 
 
Peak
20 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
4 night minimum stay
£432
for 4 nights
From
£98
£700
 
 
Standard
5 Jan 2015 - 28 Feb 2015
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
From
£70
£523
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Pet Fee £30
Cleaning £40
Notes A cleaning fee of £40 will be added to any rental fees.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Shaftesbury in Shaftesbury and North Dorset

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
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